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the media and what looks like family members and community members going inside that courthouse this morning. people tell us it will take maybe 90 seconds to less than five minutes in front of the judge. he will then set a date for the next hearing. as we continue to follow the story here from aurora, colorado. cnn newsroom begins right now. >> thank you, soledad. happening right now in the newsroom, unprecedented penalties. the ncaa hitting penn state right now with a huge fine. we will soon learn of the pe penalties that await the university. shooter james holmes a in court in just a few hours, using a secret underground tunnel to go before the judge. this morning we're learning more about holmes' past and what police found in his apartment. jackson mystery. michael's mother katherine reported missing this weekend tells police in arizona that she is fine. the grandkids that have lived with her wondering where she is.
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a missing persons report was even filed. inside this really strange and bizarre story, straight ahead. and power right in your wallet. a new iphone charger the size of a credit card saves you when you run out of juice. we'll show it to you in 20 minutes. "newsroom" begins right now. good morning, i'm zoraid zoraida sambolin sitting in for carolyn costello. penn state faces the stunning blow from jerry sandusky. they face the penalties of the school's cover-ups in the scandal. the penalties are described as unprecedented. steve is in pennsylvania where they're holding the news conference. what can you tell us? >> we're meeting with the executive chairman of the ncaa
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followed by a question and answer session in indianapolis, and we're expected to hear penalties on penn state university. one source familiar with the case told cnn what we will hear, that penn state will be hit with fines in excess of $30 million. reports are also circulating that penn state university will lose a number of football scholarships and may be prevented from going to future bowl games. we'll let you know when we hear the conference. >> we'll check in with you when we get new developments. also new this morning, the first court appearance of the colorado man accused of last week's shooting rampage inside a theater. 24-year-old james holmes is likely to serve first-degree murder charges for the 12 people killed at that midnight showing of the new batman movie. of the 58 people wounded, eight people remain in critical condition. the prosecution has not yet announced whether they will seek the death penalty. we're covering all the angles here and all the latest
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developments. cnn's don lemon is outside the courthouse for this morning's arrangement and we'll check in with him shortly. poppy harlow checks in with the funeral arrangements from the vigil to the visit. >> i've been covering this since friday when the shooting occurred, and last night that vigil was really the first moment of the beginning of the healing process that i saw here. it was amazing. thousands and thousands of people gathered. they lit candles. government officials spoke. none of the family members did speak but they were certainly present. they walked in carrying signs and pictures of the loved ones that they lost. the mayor of aurora, steve hogan, said this. he said the pain is so raw, but we will reclaim our city with goodness, kindness and compassion, and that brings up the real issue of forgiveness, i think. how does this community begin to heal and begin to forgive if they can? so i went around the vigil last
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night and talked to a few different people about that issue. take a listen to what they told me. >> forgiveness isn't always only for the person that you're forgiving that committed the crime. it's also for yourself and it's part of that healing. if you can't forgive someone and you thohold it in your heart, t you're going to stay angry. >> i have a one-year-old daughter and a three-year-old daughter, so i don't think it can be forgiven. >> part of the prayers this morning were not only for victims and their families, but for first responders and everybody that was helping, but also for the shooter and his family. for our belief system, it's not our place to judge, and not forgiving only puts us in a place where we can't move forward. >> colorado governor john hic n hickenlooper was there. he spoke. one of the things he did was he
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named off the names of the 12 people who died in this horrific shooting, and those involved in the vigil responded "we will remember" after each name. we still have many still hospitalized, eight of them still in critical condition. that vigil was a very important moment for the folks here in aurora. >> okay, thank you very much, poppy. we're going to check in with the ncaa now. they're making the decision on penn state. let's listen in. >> and the powerful people who let them down. there has also been much speculation on whether or not the ncaa has the authority to impose any type of penalty related to penn state. not only does the ncaa have the authority to act in this case, we also have the responsibility to say that such egregious
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behavior is not only against our bylaws and constitution, but also against our value system and basic human decency. the executive committee which acts on behalf of the entire association and implements policies to resolve core issues, along with the division i board, a body of presidents representing all of division i directed president emert to examine the circumstances surrounding the penn state tragedy, and if appropriate, make recommendations regarding punitive and corrective measures. as a result of the information produced from the sandusky criminal investigation and the free report which penn state commissioned and also agreed to its findings, it became obvious that the leadership failures at penn state over an extended period of time directly violated
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association bylaws and the ncaa constitution relating to control over the athletic department, integrity, and ethical conduct. the corrective i mpunitive the executive committee and board of directors have authorized should serve as a stark wake-up call to everyone involved in college sports that our first responsibility, as outlined in our constitution, is to adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. i'll now turn to president emert to discuss today's actions and what is expected of penn state in the future. president emert? >> the penn state case has provoked in all of us deeply
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powerful emotions and shaken our most fundamental confidence in many ways. as we, the executive committee, the division i board and i, have examined and discussed this case, we have kept foremost in our thoughts the tragic damage that has been done to the victims and their families. no matter what we do here today, there is no action we can take that will remove their pain and anguish. but what we can do is impose sanctions that both reflect the magnitude of these terrible acts and that also ensure that penn state will rebuild an athletic culture that went horribly awry. our goal is not just be punitive but to make sure the university establishes an athletic culture and daily mindset in which football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young
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people. more than 100 years ago, the ncaa was created to assure that sports are fully integrated into our colleges and universities, and that the athletic programs wholly embrace the values of higher education. our constitution and bylaws make it perfectly clear that the association exists not simply to promote fair play on the field but to insist that athletic programs provide positive moral models for our students, enhance the integrity of higher education and promote the values of civility, honesty and responsibility. the sanctions we're imposing are based upon these most fundamental principles of the ncaa. with the intentions in mind, the executive committee, the division i board and i have agreed upon the following sanctions. first, the ncaa is imposing a fine of $60 million on the university with the funds to be
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us to establish an endowment to support programs around the nation that serve the victims of child sexual abuse and seek to prevent such abuse from happening. this amount is the equivalent of one year's gross revenue of the football team. second, penn state football will be banned from bowl games and any other post-season play for four years. third, penn state's football team will have its initial scholarships reduced from 25 to 15 per year for a period of four years. in order to minimize the negative impact on student athletes, the ncaa will allow any entering or returning football student athletes to transfer and immediately compete at the transfer university provided he is otherwise eligible. further, any football student athlete who wants to retain -- remain at penn state may retain
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his athletic grant and aid as long as he maintains his appropriate academic requirements regardless of whether he competes on the football team. fourth, the ncaa vacates all wins of the penn state football team from 1998 to 2011 and the records will reflect these changes. fifth, the university athletic program will serve a five-year probationary period during which it must work with an academic integrity monitor of the association's choosing. and finally, the ncaa is reserving the right to initiate a formal investigation and disciplinary processes to impose sanctions as needed on individuals involved in this case after the conclusion of any criminal proceedings. beyond these sanctions, the ncaa is imposing other corrective actions to ensure that the intended cultural changes
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actually occur. the ncaa is requiring the university to adopt the formal reforms delyineated in chapter 0 of the free report, specifically chapter 5.0. they are allowing penn state to enter into an athletic integrity unit with t agreement with the ncaa. this agreement will consist of a compliance council and an array of organizations to allow them to be integrated into the university. and finally, a monitor who will, for a five-year period will report to the ncaa, the ncaa's board of trustees and the big 10 conference. they will report on the progress penn state is making in
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implementing all provisions of this agreement. let me address also the issue of the so-called death penalty. the executive committee, the division i board and i, had extensive discussions about the appropriateness of imposing a suspension of football for one or more years. an argument can be made that the egregiousness of the behavior in this case is greater than any other seen in ncaa history, and that, therefore, a multi-year suspension is appropriate. after much debate, however, we concluded that the sanctions needed to reflect our goals of driving cultural change as much as apply punitive actions. suspension of the football program would bring with it significant unintended harm to many who had nothing to do with this case. the sanctions we have crafted are more focused and impactful than that blanket penalty.
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moreover, the actions already taken by the new chair of the board, terrent peets, and the new president have shown strong desire on the part of penn state to take the steps necessary for the university to right these severe wrongs and were appreciated by all of us. for the next several years, penn state can focus on the work of rebuilding its athletic culture not worried about whether or not it's going to a bowl game. with the sanctions and the new leadership, indeed, we intend to ensure that that will be the case. in closing, let me say that this case involves tragic and tragically unnecessary circumstances. one of the grave dangers stemming from our love of sports is that the sports themselves can become too big to fail, indeed, too big to even challenge.
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the result can be an erosion of academic values that are replaced by the value of hero worship and winning at all costs. all involved in intercollegiate athletics must be watchful that programs and individuals do not overwhelm the values of higher education. in the penn state case, the results were perverse and unconscionable. no price the ncaa can levy will repair the egregious damage inflicted on jerry sandusky and his victims. however, we can make clear that the cultures, actions and inactions that allowed them to be victimized will not be tolerated in collegiate athletics. i would be happy to take your questions. >> harold hayes, kdk, pittsburgh. the statements you made
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yesterday calling the free report pretty much an indictment, a charging document, not necessarily a verdict, don't you usually conduct your own investigation, and why did you rely so heavily on the freeh report? >> the freeh report, as well as the data that came out of the criminal trial provided extensive information in this case. the report has been accepted by the university itself. it was the result of more than 450 individual interviews, an examination of more than 3 million e-mails and other documents. it is vastly more involved and thorough than any investigation we've ever conducted. >> next question? >> mark dennis, cbs. does this speculate it opens up some sort of pandora's box for future cases, or is this unique
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in and of itself? >> this case is obviously incredibly unprecedented in every aspect of it as are these actions that were taken today, and we do not see them as opening pandora's box at all. this is a very distinct and very unique circumstance. >> mark patt. how do you expect penn state to react and do you expect an appeal in any way? >> we've talked with penn state about this. we've crafted this in the form of a descent de erkdecree that university has signed as well as we have.
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>> do you consider this a death penalty? >> obviously, these are very serious sanctions. we hope and the executive committee hopes that the fines being imposed will allow some very serious good to be done out of this circumstance. the imposition of both the corrective measures and the punitive actions will most certainly have a significant impact on the university that's their intention. i'll leave it all to you to speculate whether that's better or worse. i think one of the mischaracterizations that is out there that these penalties are coming somehow instead of a death penalty, i think that would be a false assumption. if the death penalty were to be imposed, i'm quite sure that the executive committee and i may ask president ray to speak to this. the executive committee and i certainly would not have agreed to adjust the death penalty. it would have included other penalties as well. president ray? >> let me briefly say that in our discussion in the executive committee in the division i
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board, we were very clear that in talking about options, we were always, if the death penalty were to be considered or suspension of play really is appropriate that that in and of itself would not be the only penalty, that other elements would be there, not just punitive but corrective. the kind that president emmert talked about, there was discussion, there was some preliminary sense, and i can tell you that overwhelmingly the executive committee and the division i board did not feel that the suspension of play would be appropriate, and for the measures that you've just heard about, those who were able to participate in the conversation, both the executive committee and the division i board of presidents and chancellors unanimously supported the actions that you've heard about this morning. >> let's bring in b.j. schecter,
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executive ed toitor of sports illustrated. i think we have the sanctions delivered this morning. of all of this, what surprised you the most? >> you know, i think the level to which the ncaa kind of stepped in. president emmert spoke to the unprecedented nature of this. and this pretty much goes a against the way the ncaa has operated from its inception, meaning that they have set procedures and hearings and notices, and they've taken it upon themselves to levy what many might consider worse than the death penalty, even though they say they didn't give penn state the death penalty. >> their objective here, a change of culture -- i was trying to count how many times i heard the word culture. this is really far more -- should be far more reaching than
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penn state. >> it is, and i think what the ncaa is coming in and trying to say, and you could agree or disagree with whether they have the authority or whether this is their place, necessarily, but what they're saying is, you know, we are going to take a bigger role in not only athletics but integrity. and, you know, i think that was the thing that president emmert, you know, tried to make clear, that this is more of a moral and institutional issue rather than a football issue. the beef that i have with all of this is you're penalizing football and then using it to cripple the school, not the other way around. >> how do you call it penalizing football? >> well, you know, if you look at the penalties, they're all around football. and yes, it happened with an assistant football coach and head coach that allowed this to happen. but if you look at this case,
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it's much, much bigger than football. you know, it goes way beyond sports. it's criminal. >> it is criminal, but it happened within football. so don't you think that that's where, at the very least, it has to begin and maybe it sets a precedent that way for all programs across the board? >> potentially. i think it's -- i understand why they did what they did, but i think, you know, it's perhaps a dangerous precedent to set, because any time anybody gets arrested for anything, does the ncaa step in? and now are they forced to levy penalties? so, you know, it obviously -- you know, this was the worst scandal in college sports history. there needed to be very harsh action taken. whether this was the right way to approach it, you know, i would say right now it's
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debatable. >> all right, executive b.j b.j. schecter, thank you for being with us this morning. we appreciate your time. >> thank you. drew peterson is suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife. he goes to court. we'll take you to the appearance of drew peterson's murder trial. (cat purring)
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jury selection begins this morning in the murder trial of former chicago area police sergeant drew peterson. he is accused of killing his third wife and is the main suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife. his third wife, kathleen sabio, was found dead in a bathtub in 2004. there's a picture of her there. she had been divorced from peterson about five months when she died, and her death at the time was ruled an accident. after peterson's fourth wife, stacy, went missing in october of 2007, authorities exhumed kathleen savio's body and did a second autopsy and ruled her death a homicide at that point. let's bring in our resident
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legal expert, paul kallan. he's joining me now. today is jury selection. we're talking about this hearsay evidence and potentially people speaking from the grave. can you tell me about that? >> it's a very strange situation because usually when we hear the word hearsay we don't allow it in court because it's considered to be unreliable evidence. and yes, the whole central core against drew peterson is based on evidence. it's based on statements made by the wife he is accused of killing, which is kathleen savio, and his fourth wife who is still missing, stacy anderson. >> how unusual is that? >> it's very unusual. because if you're going to convict someone of a crime, they have the right to cross examine the people involved. now, you can't cross examine someone in the grave about the evidence. however, in illinois they passed
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a special l that said if you kill somebody who is potentially a witness in a case against you, that evidenc can come into evidence as an exception to the hearsay rule. we find that it's highly reliable, and so it's permitted in illinois. it's only fair to say there are other examples of hearsay evidence that get into court frequently. there are a lot of exceptions. there is no certain rules in the law, but this, a murder case based entirely or almost entirely on circumstantial evidence and hearsay, very, very rare. >> some people have found it remarkable he was sitting in jail when, in fact, it was all circumstantial or hearsay evidence. this is a very high-profile case. this man is quite a character. there was a made-for-tv movie. how is it that you get an impartial jury when there has been so much exposure? >> very, very difficult to do so. but, of course, we've had a lot of other high-profile cases in the united states. heavens, it seems week after week we have a high-profile case
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starting with casey anthony in recent times moving on to the penn state case, and we are able to try those cases. because the rule is if a juror will sit in the box and say, yes, i've read about it, i've heard about the evidence, but i will base my verdict only on what i hear in court, if a juror will say that, then he or she is allowed to serve. of course, you can also move a case to a different county if you wish to do so. >> and the chicago tribune had today another delay possible at the start of the peterson trial. so they may be facing another delay today. >> this case has been going on for so long, they're rung oningt of jurors. they previously had about 250 jurors, but a lot of those have dropped out due to the pass sag of time, so they may have to pick more jurors and there are a lot of hearings that have to take place in this very serious and very interesting case. >> stories we're following in the newsroom, in about two
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hours, shooting massacrist james holmes is expected to stand in front of a judge. president obama came to aurora and offered his condolences to the 12 families who had family members killed in the shooting. tensions still high in anaheim, california after police clashed with protestors hours after police shot and killed a man. protestors reportedly threw rocks and bottles at officers who responded by throwing bean bags and pepper balls. the two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave. the ncaa slamz pes penn sta with a $60 million fine in the jerry sandusky sex abuse scandal. it is also reducing the amount of football scholarships from 25
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to 15 and banned them from bowl games. jerry sandusky is not the winningest college football coach anymore. it is looking like a rough day on wall street. fears they might need a full bailout is sparking a selloff. we're watching the markets all day. imagine never having to carry around a smartphone charger again. it's coming, but this is a catch. allison at the new york stock exchange. allis allison, what can you tell us? >> first of all, let's get to the markets because they're falling very quickly. just a couple minutes after the opening bell rang, we are seeing the dow drop 114 points. this is falling in the heels of the global selloff that happened overnight. there is word that they will have to follow in the footprints of greece and they need a huge bailout. it looks like spain is in deep
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trouble, financially at least, and that is having a ripple effect here for u.s. stocks. once again the dow down 136 points. >> i know you'll continue watching that for us. let's talk about the smartphone charger. it sounds great but there's always a catch with things that sound really great. >> isn't there always? here's the catch. you still need a usb port with this thing, and what it's called, it's a charge card. it's actually the size of a credit card and it plugs into your smartphone, the other end plugs into a usb port so you don't need a regular power outlet. this was developed by three guys in los angeles. they're actually raising money on to try to sell it to the masses, and i tell you what, it's become a pretty hot item, and it's not available in stores. already 50,000 people have contributed dollars to the project. you can get one of these devices
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for a minimum donation of $18 on kickstarters. there are 35 days left until the kickstarter campaign ends. they've already reached well over the goal of $50,000 that they wanted. the team says the money will go toward getting the product into stores. there is some speculation on that website that if it does go into stores, it would sell for about $25, but this could be the answer for so many iphone users that are caught with their dead iphone because the battery goes so quickly, right, zoraida? >> it's great. ildefinitely i will definitely be purchasing one. would stricter gun control laws have saved the lives of 12 people in colorado? it raises that debate, and one politician says it is time the presidential candidates lay out their plan for combatting gun violence.
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renewing the debate over gun control after friday's massacre, it's time to put the issue back front and center.
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perhaps no one more so than new york mayor bloomberg. he is challenging obama and his republican candidate mitt romney to lay out a strategy for combatting gun violence. >> somebody has to do something like this, and this requires, particularly in a presidential year, the candidates for president of the united states to stand up and say once and for all, yes, they feel terrible, yes, it's a tragedy, yes, we have great sympathy for the families, but it's time for this country to do something. and that's the job of the president of the united states. >> so let's talk about this with cnn contributors cain who happen to be two of my favorite guys. you just heard mayor bloomberg. now take a look at this recent poll, gentlemen. it shows americans are almost evenly split on whether it's more important to control guns versus protect gun ownership. but the differences are really highlighted along party lines. with republicans overwhelmingly
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saying it is more important to protect gun ownership. so is it time for the candates to address these issues? l. zchlt, we'll begin with you. >> it's always time to address these issues, but it's not about party lines but geographical lines. i bet if you did a poll of people living in concentrated areas versus urban areas, you would see it's not about politics or race. it's about the climate you live in. i don't understand why we think that one is off. i have guns in my home. i live in a concentrated area in washington but i wouldn't want the rules to be in my state. i would want it where guns are much more prevalent. >> would you agree with that? >> is it time to have this
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debate again? we've had this debate for 20-plus years. the arguments are the same. there are no new arguments whether or not we should put stricter gun laws on ownership. whether or not it happens to be an effective argument politic political politically, he talked about geography. it's actually state-by-state because that's how we make laws in presidential races, and you won't hear debates in this presidential election because gun control laws don't do well in states like ohio and washington in the states that are important to the presidency. >> do you think it will fade away? >> i do think it will fade away as a national debate. >> l. zch, do you agree with th? >> i don't think it will fade away. >> the suspect purchased four guns illegally at different
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stores arou -- legally at different stores in the area, plus 6,000 rounds of ammunition on line. do you think we need to be policing the amount of ammunition that is sold individually? >> i'll start off by saying i live in an area that has a lot of pollen, so i need claritind in my life. i can't buy two boxes of claritin d at a store because it's against the law, but i can buy as much ammo as i want and blow a place up. to me that doesn't make any sense. i cannot buy claritin d without a prescription. >> well, do you think we should be policing whatas sold to james holmes? >> here's the deal. in the wake of a national
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tragedy, it is very understandable that we as a society want to try to find ways to fix this problem. but you have to ask yourself logically then what can be done. is the answer stricter gun control laws? is it policing this issue further? in norway, a place with very strict gun control laws, we saw a year ago a horrible massacre. is it owning high-powered assault rifles? is that what we can do? in virginia tech, we saw a guy kill more people than we just saw in colorado with handguns. the common denominator does not seem to be the laws or the gun ownership. the common denominator seems to be the mental illness or a problem at the personal level. so before we run off making rules, we need to ask ourselves do the rules actually solve the problem we're hoping to solve. >> now, do we not think that politically -- go ahead. >> if was going to say but i think the rules of anything helps deter. you're right, guns don't kill people, people kill people.
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i get that. but if you can at least deter from letting disturbed individuals or people with anger issues from getting guns and ammunition legally, i think that helps. i don't think it matters that we can never solve it. >> i think we constantly deter the ability to stop a madman. as james holmes threw an incendiary device into that theater, as he rigged them at home, we need t be able to address this at the personal level if there is a way to address this deviance. >> thank you very much. we're keeping a close eye on the markets. down more than 200 points right now. active naturals wheat formulas restore strength for up to 90% less breakage in three washes.
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figure out why and get inside the head of this man. he was a brilliant man, he graduated at a top university. he was in a doctoral program. we don't know why heuit this program. are there any red flags that you see? >> let's start with the doctoral program. he is a brilliant individual, then pulls out of the program, is not doing so well. there might be some cognitive processes that were being interfered with perhaps with some deranged sorts of thinking. certainly we could see from the scope of the carnage perpetrated by this individual, he is extremely emotionally ill, but we don't know if that rises to the level of insanity. i saw people that said at times he was extremely angry when people would try to communicate with him. his mother says, yes, this was
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my son. so i suspect that his family knew that he had some severe mental health issues but perhaps couldn't reach him or he wouldn't participate in trying to get some help. >> so do you think today when he appears in court that they're going to order a psychological evaluation? >> absolutely. they will order that psychological evaluation with a lot of paper and pencil testing, perhaps a psychiatric evaluation to be done by a psychiatrist. part of this to see what his state of mind is now, whether he's competent to stand trial so he can understand the charges being filed against him. and then at some point, i'm sure they're going to go with an insanity plea because they really have nothing else. there's nothing else he can do but to try to say or for them to say that when he acted when he did this, he was not in his right mind, he was legally insane. >> so the police are saying he's not talking right now. but at the time he was
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apprehended, he did talk. he said he had booby-trapped his apartment. what do you make of that? why do you think he told police that? >> it is a big mystery as to why he did that, and we won't know for days to come, but part of it, there might have been a moment of clarity. the there might have been a moment where he was feeling a guilt i conscience for what he had done and didn't want to commit any more carnage. it could have been a situation of where he is in control, feels in control. certainly he was over those victims and felt that he was in control right then and there with the police by showing them how powerful he was and what he could possibly do to them if he wanted to. >> you know, a lot of us know people who we would consider loners, right, so now people are asking themselves, how do you know? how can you identify somebody who is on the brink in order to avoid tragedies like this? is that even possible? are there any signs you say this
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is really serious? >> it is possible to know. again, we look at the isolation, we look at the anger, we look at the paranoid thinking. people are out to get me or people don't like me. people disrespect me. and we see that anger building up, we see some of that magical thinking. i have these powers where i can do this or that, and we know it's nonsense cal. however, that being said, those red flags aren't enough in nine out of ten cases to contact the police and say, this person is dangerous. but it is enough to get that person some help to say this person needs to get mental health treatment before he decompensates further and that perhaps didn't happen with this person, getting ill, on that onset of schizophrenia or some severe mental illness and just not getting the help or participating in trying to get the help. >> all right, dr. jeff gardiere, thanks for coming. we really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> we're going to take a quick
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good morning, i'm zoraida sambolin. day in court. james holmes appearing in court next hour, using a secret underground tunnel to go before the judge. this morning we're learning more about holmes' past and what police found in his apartment. unprecedented penalties. the watch dog of college sports comes down hard on penn state for failing to protect children from a former football coach. the punishment, just ahead. and the world's biggest gathering of experts and
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activists fighting hiv and aids converge on washington. the first time in more than 20 years. plus, a new drug that may help prevent people from getting the disease. we'll bring you all that. plus, pulling out of afghanistan, only two months left on a troop deadline. but are afghan forces stable enough to run things on their own. we're going to go live to afghanistan and talk to a marine colonel right on the front lines. "newsroom" begins right now. we start with breaking news from the markets. the dow tanking more than 200 points. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. alison? >> zoraida, the day is still young. just 30 minutes into the trading day, the nasdaq down more than 2% and the s&p 500, that's where your 401(k) most likely tracks that's down more than 1.5%. guess what, the global market is back and that's playing out in the markets on the green here. if you notice, a few weeks of
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nothing really negative, too negative coming out of europe and the focus wound up turning back here to the u.s. on our fiscal issues like the fiscal cliff when that series of spending cuts and taxes go up. we had our focus on earnis and housing. housing has actually become a bit of a bright spot. the real good focus has been here on the u.s. economy for the past week or so, but then, you know what happened overnight? bam, new signs that the spanish government itself will need a a bailout. in spain the banking system has been in trouble for a very long time and actually a bailout for a bank has been finalized and there had been renewed hopes that the bank bailout would be enough to sustain spain. but that may not end up being the case. now, it looks like spain will need what greece needed and ireland needed and portugal needed and that is a full fledge government bailout and the markets are not reacting favorably to that.
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>> what happens in europe affects us, alison kosik, thank you. we turn now to the horror and heartbreak of the colorado shooting massacre. next hour, the first court appearance is scheduled for the man accused of last week's rampage inside a theater. 24-year-old james holmes is likely to face first degree murder charges for the 12 people killed at the new showing of the new batman movie. 8 victims rein in critical condition. prosecutors have not yet announced whether they will seek the death penalty. we are covering all the angles of this story. don lemon is right outside the courthouse for next hour's arraignment and poppy harlow looks at one segment of the colorado community hit hard. one fourth of those were young men killed in the military. don, let's begin with you. what can we expect today? >> it's almost certain that prosecutors will ask for the
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death penalty. more on that in a little bit. this is where that suspect is being held at the arapahoe county and you see the pink looking building over my right shoulder and through an underground tunnel, they're going to bring him, they could have brought him already. we're not sure if he arrived here into the courthouse, the courtroom right here. we should tell you some members of the media will be allowed in. they're picking certain members. one or two people from each network to go in. they'll be able to watch this. this will be the first time that we see him in public, except for that picture since the shooting happened. also, closed circuit television has been set up for the family members of the victims so that they can watch it, as well. but, again, prosecutors almost certain to ask for the death penalty in this case and, of course, the defense we're hearing will probably, they're probably going to plead insanity as they will in this case saying he is incompetent to stand trial and if that happens, this is a
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different story than this. if they find him competent today, this moves forward. again, zoraida, the first time we see him publicly. >> we know his dad had left california heading in that direction. have you seen any of the family members there? >> we haven't seen the family members. we've heard that his family members will be here and we know that they will make a public statement today after he is seen in court in san diego. but as far as the family members of the victims, we know that 24-year-old alex teves' family is here. 24-year-old graduate student. he graduated in june from the university of denver and his family a members will be in the courtroom, they're not going into the closed circuit room, they want to see this man face-to-face, zoraida. >> don lemon right outside the courthouse for us, thank you very much. 12 people dead and three of the victims shared a common bond. they served in the u.s. military and today that segment of the aurora community is reeling from the reminder that perils can
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lurk far from the combat zone. poppy harlow joins us from aurora. what can you tell us, poppy? >> as they began to release that list of names of the 12 people murdered early in the friday morning hours, i started looking at the names and realized that three of them, a quarter of those who were killed were members of the military. all these men, not even 30 years old, giving their life to serve this country and losing to their life in this horrible way. take a look. if you could talk to jesse now, what would you say? >> i would try and we wanted to wait until saturday to watch the movie. >> asked him to let him come into the thursday night, midnight premiere. >> it's not your fault, okay. not your fault. >> your last text to him was -- >> please let me know you're okay. >> never heard back. >> never heard back. >> two friends that served with him in the air force, grieving
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the death of 29-year-old jesse chi childress. >> someone that was always humorous and someone who always made the office brighter. >> fun loving, caring and going out of his way just to help anybody inside and outside the unit. >> a cyberoperator on active duty at buckley air force base, just a few miles from the movie theater where he was gunned down. they served with him and urged him to join them at the batman midnight screening. they were in theater eight, childress was in theater nine. >> we walked around for about two hours. >> you never found him? >> we never found him. >> buckley air force base lost two young men that night. petty officer third class john larimer in the navy only a year. >> john had that calming
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personality that everyone seemed to go to. he had an extra ordinary work ethic and truly dedicated to the mission, the navy and really all the sailors that he worked alongside. >> reporter: his family in crystal lake, illinois, said we love you, john, and we will miss you always." >> he was a great sailor. i mean he joined the navy to serve his country and to defend the freedoms of this country. you can't say enough about someone who wants to join and serve and protect his country. >> reporter: larimer followed the path of his father and grandfather, both navymen. he will be buried with full military honors. 26-year-old john blunk father of two young children who served in the navy until 2009. he threw himself on top of his girlfriend in the movie theater, saving her life and losing his own. >> he saved me and gave me the opportunity to live.
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i prayed to john last night. john, i love you. so grateful for what you've done for me. >> reporter: three men, not even 30, who served their country, lost in an instant. and, zoraida, those are just three of the stories. so many stories here every day, every hour we hear more story of heroism and families coming together and that's the extraordinary part of what i witnessed here in aurora since we arrived here on friday and your heart just goes out for all of these young men that served these country and just the fact that they were not even 30 years old. all in their 20s, losing their life. they'll be honored and remembered. >> yeah, as well they should be. thank you very much, poppy harlow reporting live for us. this morning, penn state is reeling from its latest staggering blow in the jerry sandusky scandal. the ncaa announced it punishment for the school's cover up of
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child sex abuse and the penalties are unprecedented. >> there has also been much speculation on whether or not the ncaa has the authority to impose any type of penalty related to penn state. not only does the ncaa have the authority to act in this case, we also have the responsibility to say that such egregious behavior is not only against our bylaws and constitution, but also against our value system and basic human decency. >> those harsh words accompanied by bold action. susan candiotti is in state college, pennsylvania. let's begin with the sanctions. can you walk us through them, susan? >> i sure can, zoraida. again, saying what happened to penn state the scandal so egregious it should serve as a wake-up call to all universities. let's get right to it. the fines.
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$60 million levied against penn state university. there will be a four-year post-season ban on games that includes, of course, bowl games, which are big money makers. there will be a cut in scholarships down to 15 per year for four years, which will really make a hit on the ability to recruit good college football players. it will erase, wipe out all football wins from 1998 through 2011. why 1998? you will remember that is the year cited by the prereport and in the criminal trial of jerry sandusky when the first incident involving a child was documented here on penn state. also, that action strips a title from joe paterno as being the winningest coach in penn state history. that title would now go to retired florida state couch, bobby bowden. he was one of the first to call for the statue of joe paterno to be taken down.
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that statue used to stand right behind me here. the ncaa sanctions according to the president of the ncaa meant to sent a message that the culture at not only penn state, but all universities must change. >> this case involved tragic and tragically unnecessary circumances. one of the grave dangers stemming from our love of sports is that the sports themselves can become too big to fail, indeed, too big to even challenge. the result can be an erosion of academic values that are replaced by the value of hero worship and winning at all costs. >> now, zoraida, many people might be wondering if penn state could appeal this. they could have but we learned this morning they have signed an agreement and they will accept these sanctions. zoraida. >> susan, has there been any reaction there? >> well, it's just happened, so,
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she's speaking at that conference. she's part of a long list of high-profile people scheduled to speak this week. joining me live from our world headquarters in atlanta, senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. this conference has provided a platform for worldwide discussion about this epidemic and ways to fight it. hard to fathom that it is more than 20 years and last held in the united states. that's been a major issue, of course, but what more can we expect from the health and treatment aspect here? >> zoraida a, what we are hearing a lot about at this conference is the cost. the drugs that changed this epidemic have been out for 15 years and what we're going to be hearing is that it's not reaching everyone it can because these drugs are expensive. $10,000 to $15,000 a year and secretary clinton, i would imagine, would be talk about how to get these drugs to more people and others will discuss that, as well. >> do you think they'll be able to accomplish that? >> i think that they will be
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able to get it to more people and one of the problems that's been happening is that it's been a bit of a piece meal approach so that this group is offering some kind of a grant or this group is off aering so some kin financial relief. what they're going to try to start is something the application you see for colleges these days. that is sort of one-stop shopping and one place to apply for money from different places. >> elizabeth cohen le for us in atlanta, thank you very much. adults that do not have hiv but are at risk of getting the disease, can now take a drug to reduce their chances of getting infected. dr. braunch is at the aids conference in washington. doctor, the drug, truvada has been used before and what is significant about the fda approving it for use by people who don't have the virus? >> thanks, zoraida, for having me on.
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the first time we had a biomedical intervention such as a medication that is usually used for treating people who have the virus as a form of prevention so people can take it, particularly high-risk individuals who are having unprotected sex with providing behavioral counseling and condoms. >> are you worried this could lead to people having unprotected sex thinking they're going to be safe? >> yeah, i think that's always going to be a concern. but at the end of the day a lot of the behavioral research that we're seeing is showing people are having unprotected sex yway and we're having an epidemic that is unabated. at the end of the day, this is one of the things where you add something to the arsenal of options and availabilities that we have to help prevent hiv in someone who is uninfected. >> you are an african-american doctor and the head of the black
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aids institute talks today. what impact to that community will that conference have, as well as the new drug? >> yeah, i think it's hard to say. the conference is so large, both on the treatment front, the prevention front looking at biomedical interventions as well as community interventions. when you look at the african-american community you have to look at other social and structural factors that are involved, such as poverty, lack of insurance and so on and so forth. what we're trying to get at in this conference is having some information and availability of newer options and trying to tackle some of these larger social issues that are driving the epidemic. with this medication, truvada, it adds a good option for people in addition to condom use and monogamy and things of that sort. at the end of the day it buys us a little time to deal with the larger, structural issues that will take a lot more time and
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more time to alleviate. >> hopefully there will be access to this new drug. thank you so much for joining us this morning, we appreciate it. >> thank you. a former police sergeant accused of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife goes on trial. live to chicago for drew peterson's murder trial.
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jury selection begins this morning in the jury trial of drew peterson. he's accused of killing his third wife and is the main suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife. his third wife, kathleen savio, there is a picture of her there, she was found dead in a bathtub in 2004. she had been divorced from petierson about five months when she died and her death at the time was ruled an accident. after peterson's fourth wife, stacy, went missing in october of 2007, authorities exhumed cathline kathleen savio's body. this case was made into a cable tv movie. what is the scene at the
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courthouse today? >> well, a lot of media, obviously. people have been waiting for this trial to start. two years we've been waiting for appellate issues to be worked out. right now about 25 minutes ago they began the process of picking a jury and, in this case, zoraida, it's going to be tough to find jurors, 12 people that don't know this story. and, specifically, don't know that stacy peterson, the fourth wife is missing. because that's a key part of this. they're not supposed to factor that into their decision. that's not coming into this trial. so, this is going to be a tough job ahead. we'll find out how they're doing with updates throughout the morning here. but it will be tough to find 12 jurors that don't know the story. >> no, absolutely. chicago is my hometown and i covered that story there and you couldn't exist without knowing who drew peterson was and he is also quite a character. now, there is a lot of hearsay testimony against peterson. normally that is not allowed in court, but an exception is being made. can you walk us through that? >> well, again, because illinois
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state law has changed and they call it drew's law. they actually changed the law here in the state of illinois to allow hearsay evidence in and if the person that should be on the stand is unavailable. now, each one of these statements that may come in, there are 16 total. right now looks like six or seven are going to come in. the judge in this case is going to rule on the rest of them within the next few days. each one of them have been litigated and they will come in to give a bit of a picture to this jury and the prosecution would love to have all 16 of these statements in and basically what these are statements from. drew peterson, stacy peterson about drew peterson from a lawyer. we know six or seven will come in at a least. >> we'll continue to follow these developments, we know you will, as well. ted rowlands, thank you very much. thousands more u.s. troops will be leaving soon, but are
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by building on the cisco intelligent network. u.s. stocks spiraled this morning. the dow losing more than 200 points. many world markets also fell overnight. the selloff is sparked by fears that spain might need a bigger bailout. cnn business correspondent christine romans joins me now. we talked about this this morning on our show and did you expect it to be this dramatic? >> we said it would be messy and volatile and starting the week this week. spain is a real player. the 14th largest economy in the world and spain is a very important economy inside of europe. here's why europe is such an important, important factor for the health of the american economy and the american jobs. because one-fifth of everything we make in this country goes to europe. let me say that, again. more than 20% of american experts go to europe.
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when you have european economies, especially big ones like spain that are actually shrinking, they need fewer of our things and that means fewer american factories with fewer orders for these things and fewer american workers. we do know that spain has seen its economy shrinking right now. so this, europe's problems and the fiscal cliff, two things back and forth that vie for dominance for the most important thing to have to do with our money right now and today, once again, it's spain that is the big concern here and there are concerns, also, about greece and how well this whole coalition is holding together in europe. it is a very big deal what happens there to the united states. >> is it another bailout in the works? >> looks like another bailout is in the works and one thing about spain that is so different than greece is that, you know, spain is an economy that has been hit by a housing bubble and the way the credit crisis has unraveled there, but spain has industries that have been growing and it's
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fundamentals of its economy that are strong. it wasn't doing some of the self-inflicted wounds that greece has done. spain is what they're really, really watching. spiraling costs in spain thinking about this earlier, in this country, the american government can borrow money a. unbelievable. but in spain, 7.5%. those are dangerous signals when you, so that's what's so concerning in the overall markets today. >> i know you'll continue to watch this for us. christine romans, thank you. now, we turn our focus to afghanistan, with just two months to go before the remaining so-called u.s. surge troops pull out. 33,000 additional troops were sent there in 2009 to help beef up security. 10,000 of them left last year. the rest are scheduled to leave by september 30th, a deadline set by president obama. that will leave roughly 68,000 troops in the country. so, how will this change the u.s. footprint in afghanistan?
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i'm joined now by colonel roger turner who commands reginal combat team five in the heldman province. he's live from camp leather neck, afghanistan. colonel, we appreciate you joining us this morning. president obama is sticking to a 2014 deadline to withdraw from afghanistan. do you think the afghan forces will actually be ready to run things on their own by that deadline? >> yes. in the southern part of heldman where we worked in regional command southwest, we saw they are increasing capable over the year that we've been here and seeing them grow, not only the army, but the police, as well. they're doing very well. >> do you see any weaknesses that concern you? >> i'm sorry, could you say that, again, please. >> do you see any weaknesses
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that concern you? >> we have some concerns at the small unit level to the battalion size. they're doing well. there still needs to be some work at the institutional level to continue to work on their training processes and logistics and things like that. i think that's why they looked to extend our stay here in afghanistan for some time to work with more institutional capabilities. but they're doing great at the tactical level. >> how would you compare the differences that you've seen from the time you got there until right now? >> yes. it's been very significant. early in our time, they were really operating in very small teams. the afghan forces, we've now been able to consolidate them into larger formations. and then that's increased their
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independence on logistics. they have their own fuel. they deliver their own water, food, ammunition and things like that to their own forces. so that's been one of the biggest changes. also worked a lot with their specialized forces. their artillery and explosive ordinance attacks. get them up here and working recently, as well. some of their specialized troops, as well. >> we know that the coalition forces have been successful in driving insurgents away from populated areas, what more needs to be done and what are the concerns once the u.s. troops actually leave? >> i think we're set for success here for the near future. what i would like to see is, you know, the situation, especially in helmand is increasingly safe and that international aid organizations can start to come
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in here and really back fill the military forces. the area is really right for development and the people, you know, it's necessary. the people would appreciate it and the security situation is safe enough that could allow those organizations to exist here. >> well, thank you marine colonel roger turner for your time. we wish you luck. >> thank you very much for having me today. conflicting reports on the death of usher's stepson are making their way across the internet. we'll find out what is next for the family mourning the loss of that 11-year-old. man: there's a cattle guard, take a right.
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he died of heart failure. michelle turner is live in los angeles with all of the details for us. what can you tell us? >> well, you know, zoraida, sources close to kily glover's family, died of heart failure on saturday after more than two weeks in the hospital following a boating accident on a georgia lake. the source disputes the report saying that glover was taken off life support. according to an accident report, k kile was riding with a 15-year-old girl when a personal watercraft crashed into the children and he suffered a serious head jury and never recovered. the boy's mother was married to usher for two years and they have two other children together. ages 3 and 4. they divorced in 2009 and basically in all of this, zoraida, a tragic, sad accident. >> absolutely. a tragedy, indeed. so, let's switch gears here to the jackson family.
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they seem to be fighting over whether katherine jackson is actually missing or if she is okay. what can you tell us about that? >> well, basically, this is a really public display of family dysfunction, it seems like. cnn has learned that katherine jackson told an arizona law enforcement officer that she was fine on sunday. now, this was after a nephew reported her as missing on saturday. the entire jackson clan has actually been going back and forth on twitter about this. michael jackson's three children said they didn't hear from their grandmother for a week after she left their southern california home that they all share. paris jackson was on twitter saying, yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven't spoken with her in a week, i want her home now. but her uncle, germane, said the children weren't being blocked from speaking to her and she was safe in arizona and she's resting up on doctor's advice. once again, kind of a messy situation. but katherine jackson has said,
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apparently, that she's fine and not missing. >> you think somebody would have picked up the phone. just all seems so bizarre. >> exactly. that's what the kids are saying. they just want to talk to her. they made several phone calls and couldn't talk every time they were told she was resting. familially strife. one person not talking to the other and something snowballs and you have this, a missing person's report. >> thank you very much. nischel nischelle turner, thank you for being with us. watch "showbiz tonight" at 11:00 p.m. on hln. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is our beach. ♪ this is our pool. ♪ our fireworks. ♪
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just love the official music. the u.s. has never medaled in badmint badminton. but the men's double-team has a good shot. rob mars yaciano caught up with them. i had no idea we competed in badminton. >> highlighting some of these sports that are off your olympic
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radar. last week we did ping-pong or table tennis, also another sport we never medaled in. but this smort is hugely popular outside of this country. but you and i play here in this country, as well. but these guys take it to a whole other level. outside of the united states, the second most played sport in the world is -- believe it or not -- badminton. but state side, it hasn't caught on yet. the u.s. has never medaled. men's double-team hope to change that. >> we hope to make history and get our first medal. gold color is the best one, but i'm not going to complain if we get a silver or bronze. >> no stranger to the medal podium. he won gold for his native indonesia in 2000. now a u.s. citizen, he realizes the impact he could have on the future of the sport. >> it's our last shot for doing something for the u.s. and, you
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know, for a young player, our next generation, you know, to look up for us. >> they have the chance to do it. they won a world championship in 2005. >> what are some of his best qualities? >> he's a big brother on the court. there are times when he is able to provide leadership and then when he needs energy, i can provide that, too. that's how we mix well together, i think. >> olympic badminton. more than a back yard beer sport for sure. this thing can go 200, 250 miles an hour? >> yeah. this is just normal when you turn. the racket follows. just like a baseball pitch. >> okay. now you're talking my language. okay. >> there you go. >> nice. >> badminton, it's not what you think it is. >> do not try this at home. trained professionals only. >> he means that when the thing
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is going 250 miles an hour, you want to be a trained professional. my skills are not what i thought they used to be. the first round, zoraida is this saturday. 4:00 is when you can catch it on tv. if you want to compete. so often we use volleyball nets, the same as badminton. no, you have to lower that net to five feet and bring it inside. competitive badminton only happens inside. next match in your living room. >> you know that little thing that you were holding that you hit with the racket, what is it called? >> we call it a birdie, but the technical term is a shuttle cough. 16 feathers. it's pretty big deal. >> check that out. you really did do your homework. thank you very much, rob, i never knew. >> all right, see you. renewing the debate over gun control after what happened in aurora. it points to the need for more regulation, but critics don't think so.
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in the wake of the last tragedy in colorado. gun control is, once again, a hot issue for politicians and for public debate. a pew research center poll shows americans are almost evenly split on whether it's more important to control guns versus protect gun ownership. but the differences are really highlighted along party lines. with republicans overwhelmingly saying it's more important to protect gun ownership. our chief political correspondent candy crowley takes a closer look at this debate. >> shooting at century theaters. >> reporter: an awful familiarity, shock, anger, s sadness and the gun control debate. >> i think this is really a congressional issue that has to be dealt with. you know, should we reinstate the assault weapons ban? i think we should. >> this person, if we had, if there were no assault weapons available, if there were no this
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or no that, this guy is going to find something. >> reporter: expect much more than words. >> we talk about this constantly and absolutely nothing happens because many of our legislatures, unfortunately, at the federal level, lack the courage to do anything. >> reporter: as an illinois state senator, barack obama had a record of supporting gun control. he favors an assault weapons ban. he won election despite the opposition of the national rifle association that pro gun lobby that shaz sway and money to spend on the like-minded candidates. president obama has talked very little about gun control. in 2010 the brady campaign, the most prominent group advocating further gun restrictions gave the president an f for leadership on the issue. mitt romney signed an assault weapons ban as governor, he opposes it now and as of last april, almost anything else in gun control. >> we need a president who will enforce current law.
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>> reporter: now about the courage thing, a ten-year ban on more than a dozen kind of assault weapons in 1994. months later, democrats lost the house majority and in 1999 -- >> being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the amendment is agreed to. >> reporter: then vice president al gore broke a tie in the senate to pass a bill restricting gun show sales. gore lost his presidential bid for many reasons, but by 2000, democrats had concluded that gun control was bad politics. in the past decade, three things have happened, democrats in the south and interior west. the assault weapons ban expired and gun control has faded from the agenda. senator dianne feinstein sponsored the original assault weapons ban in 1994. >> there has been no action because there's been no outrage out there. people haven't rallied forward.

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